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A book of paintings and poetry

I just created this small book of paintings and poetry for my upcoming exhibit at Fountainhead Gallery in Seattle titled Reading Rilke: the poetic paintings of Sharon Kingston.  You may view it by clicking the image below. You can purchase through my facebook store.

Here is the press for the exhibit:

Visual artist Sharon Kingston has been contemplating the words of Rainer Maria Rilke for some time now. During April’s national poetry month, Seattle’s Fountainhead Gallery will present a group of paintings Sharon refers to as the Reading Rilke series.  Inspired by the prose and poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke and the atmosphere of the Pacific Northwest, Sharon’s works are a method and means to wrestle with themes such as transformation, impermanence, the unknown and the unsaid through the art forms of poetry and painting.

Poets and painters have long inspired each other.   Sharon marries these art forms by taking as source the ineffable ideas expressed by Rilke in his poetry and employing a method of layering transparent oil paint and creating subtle shifts of color to create depth with a minimalism of form.  It is her hope that these mysterious, undefined and atmospheric images hold the subjective and sensory allure of abstract painting along with the emotional draw of landscape painting and allow the viewer to create their own meaning from the poetry and paintings.  

The Fountainhead Gallery exhibit will be Sharon Kingston’s first featured artist exhibit in the Seattle area.  Sharon has exhibited extensively in Bellingham and has been very active in the downtown Bellingham artwalk scene.  Her paintings are currently offering a healing presence at the Healing through Art program at St. Josephs Medical Center.  Reading Rilke: The Poetic Paintings of Sharon Kingston will run April 5 – April 29, 2012 at the Fountainhead Gallery, 625 W McGraw, Seattle.  An artist reception will be held April 7 from 5 to 7 pm.

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      Sharon Kingston is a Northwest WA oil painter who uses the properties of her medium to create paintings that respond to both the atmosphere of her surroundings and poetry. This method of looking inward and outward and, in the moments of painting, finding her way on the canvas is her approach to creating paintings infused with poetry and the memory of landscape. The atmospheric element of her work is a testament to her desire to create spaces that are undefined, contemplative and allow room to reflect and accept uncertainty. Poetry, by nature open ended, is used both in the conceptualization of the work and as a part of the studio practice. The words of Rainer Rilke have informed Sharon’s work for many years, but she also turns to contemporary poetry when it resonates with her life. She uses layers of transparent color, reveals forms by concealing and unearthing pentimenti and suggests elements of landscape in her process.